Managed File Transfer Can Enable Stronger B2B Compliance
- September 29th, 2014
- By: Scott Robinson
Both the importance and complexity of compliance are increasing in industries across the board, healthcare in particular. More specifically, the mutual adherence to compliance standards required of B2B partners in the sharing of data across networks is becoming not only mission-critical, but fraught with consequences when not fully achieved.
The level of technological proficiency required to meet compliance standards is, at this point, profound. Sensitive data must often be encrypted during transmission between B2B partners; temporary copies of data created during transmission must be wiped; every access of shared data must be recorded; all transmissions between partners must have audit trails, and so on.
Managed file transfer may offer a single mechanism capable of handling many if not most of these technical challenges. MFT expert Don Jones, in his recent Tips and Tricks Guide to Managed File Transfer, has pointed out that MFT solutions that are certified by the Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 are, by definition, encrypted to meet most domestic security standards, for a start.
He also pointed out that MFT can provide most of the deep details of a data transfer: “The MFT solution (a good one, at least) can track who has transferred a file, when a file was transferred, how long the transfer took, to where the file was transferred, what file was transferred, and so on,” he wrote. Businesses with complex compliance requirements should seek an MFT solution that “maps its capabilities directly to compliance requirements, providing underlying technical explanations if you want them, but focusing on that business‐level mapping.”
“It’s not that your business shouldn’t be concerned about the underlying technical implementation; it’s that you should be concerned first about becoming compliant and looking for solutions that map to specific compliance requirements.”